Employment

RESEARCH ASSISTANT, IRAN WATCH (June 2017)

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Research Assistant for Iran Watch, a website devoted to monitoring Iran’s capability for building weapons of mass destruction.  The purpose of the site is to increase awareness of the strategic situation in Iran and to make detailed knowledge of Iran’s weapon potential, and of entities contributing to that potential, available to policymakers and the media.  Iran Watch also is focused on analyzing the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  The Wisconsin Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.

The Research Assistant would be responsible for maintaining and updating all features of the website.  The Research Assistant would also participate in the Project’s advocacy and outreach on Iran.  Specific duties include:

  • researching and writing quarterly essays and regular policy briefs
  • monitoring the implementation of sanctions, investigating potential violations, and writing short reports about these topics
  • conducting open source research and writing profiles of entities and sites linked to Iran’s proliferation-related programs as well as foreign entities supporting these programs
  • updating the site’s library of primary source documents
  • supporting outreach and advocacy through emails, social media, and briefings
  • supporting roundtable discussions, and drafting summary findings of these discussions

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a strong academic background (Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred) with 1-2 years of professional experience and an interest in conducting in-depth, open source research.  Candidates must also have strong writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to nonproliferation.  Familiarity with techniques and information sources that can be applied to proliferation research, including trade and other large data sets, geospatial and network analysis, and GIS applications is preferred.  Proficiency in Farsi or Arabic would be helpful.  A successful candidate will be a detail-oriented self-starter who is comfortable working independently in a small office.

Compensation:  The position offered is full-time with generous benefits.

To apply:  Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to hr@wisconsinproject.org with “Iran Watch RA” in the subject line.  The application deadline is June 16.  No calls please.


RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (summer 2017)

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking an intern for the summer to conduct research for its Risk Report database and Iran Watch website. Wisconsin Project interns are accomplished students with an interest in nonproliferation and conducting in-depth research.

Interns will use a variety of open sources to conduct research on proliferation networks and write profiles of entities in these networks, for publication in the Risk Report and/or on Iran Watch. Through this research, interns will gain valuable experience in unclassified information gathering and source vetting. The research will also involve learning about autonomous and international sanctions and U.S. and multilateral export control regulations.

Candidates must have strong research and writing skills. Familiarity with techniques and information sources that can be applied to proliferation research, including trade and other large data sets, geospatial and network analysis, and GIS applications is preferred. Proficiency in a foreign language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Korean or Arabic, would be helpful.

The internship is a paid position. A three-month commitment of at least 30 hours per week is required.

The Project is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization located in Washington D.C. founded in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org. No calls please.